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No verdict in Pc 'attack on urinating tourist' case

The jury trying a police officer accused of attacking a French tourist after seeing him urinating in a bush has not been able to reach a verdict.

Pc John Caulfield, 32, chased Charles Quichaud, then 19, before punching and kicking him as he lay on the ground, Southwark Crown Court heard.

The alleged attack took place near Hoxton Square, east London, in August 2009. Pc Caulfield denied assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He could face a retrial.

Nose operation

Prosecutor Philip McGhee said it was likely the Crown Prosecution Service would seek to try the case again.

A provisional retrial date has been fixed for 14 November.

The court heard Mr Quichaud was on a three-week holiday and had been drinking in Hoxton Square when the officer, who was on patrol, spotted him near bushes.

The tourist, who was arrested for urinating in a public place, needed several stitches and later underwent an operation on his nose which was allegedly broken in the incident.

The officer told the jury he had "simply defended himself" after he was attacked by Mr Quichaud.

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